The Windows 10 Store has come a long way since those early days of hardly any apps and those that did feature never worked properly. While improved on almost every level, there is still a lot wrong with the Store. One such foible is an almost constant ‘app pending’ message for updates.

What should be a simple matter of updating apps or even directories for listing those apps within the Store itself, seems to be too much for Microsoft sometimes. Fortunately, there are a couple of fixes you can try yourself to keep your Store updated.

Fix pending or stuck apps in Windows Store

There are two things I know first hand that can work. One is to reset the store cache and the other is to temporarily enable Windows Firewall.

Reset the Store cache

This is the quickest fix so let us try it first.

  1. Close Windows Store if you had it open.
  2. Type or paste ‘wsreset’ into the Search Windows/Cortana box and select it.
  3. Open Windows store again and check to see if it is updating or still stuck at ‘Pending’.

For many users this is enough to get the Store back into action. It is likely that it gets itself stuck somewhere with either a corrupt file that confuses it or an invalid directory entry that it cannot move past. Either way, this method does work.

Enable Windows Firewall

Any responsible PC owner will have disabled Windows Firewall and installed a competent replacement. Unfortunately, Windows Store and Windows Update is tied into Windows Firewall. Microsoft says it is because they use WinHTTP and BITS to provide updates. Even though many third-party firewalls play nicely with TLS 1.2, updates still don’t work.

So:

  1. Right click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Select the Services tab and then Open Services at the bottom.
  3. Locate Windows Firewall and highlight and enable it.
  4. Open Windows store and allow it to update. You may as well check Windows Update while you have the firewall activated too.

If resetting the Store cache didn’t work, chances are this method will. Other users have had success logging out and back into the Store, rebooting their computer and retrying and other tricks. I have only seen these two methods work consistently which is why I suggest them here.

If you have any other reliable ways to fix pending or stuck apps in Windows Store, tell us about them below!